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surrogate court

In some states, the name given to the probate court that has jurisdiction to supervise the administration of a decedent's estate.

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One New York Surrogate's Court recognized that in an Article 17-A proceeding, the governmental interest was "ensuring that when, in the exercise of its parens patriae power, it places almost total control over a person with disabilities in the hands of another, that person is, at the very least, no worse off than she would have been had no guardianship been imposed.
The executor of Monroe's estate and her heirs had urged the New York Surrogate's Court, where her estate was probated, to conclude that she was a domiciliary of the state of New York.
The estate was the largest ever brought before the New York Surrogate's Court, which probates wills.

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